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Overtime for nonexempt employees

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If you have a job in California, you know that there are certain laws your employer must follow. Certainly the law cannot mandate exactly how much money you earn other than outlining provisions for minimum wage requirements. However, there are ways the law does help to provide guidelines for what you should be paid in certain situations such as when you work beyond what is considered a normal or full day or week of work.

If you are paid based upon an hourly rate, you are considered to be a nonexempt employee. As the State of California Department of Industrial Relations indicates, any person aged 18 and older who is a nonexempt employee may be entitled to earn overtime if they work more than a certain number of hours in a day or days in a week. This is essentially like earning a higher rate per hour for some of the time you work.

If you work a seventh consecutive day in a work week, you may be entitled to one-and-half times your normal pay for up to eight hours of work on that day. Any time worked beyond that eight hours may be paid at double your normal rate. For single days, more than eight but fewer than 12 hours of work may earn you the one-and-half times pay rate. A double rate may be earned for any time worked over 12 hours.

If you would like to learn more about overtime requirements for nonexempt employees and other similar wage laws, please feel free to visit the employee compensation page of our California employment law website.

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